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Bolivia to nationalize Spanish-owned airport business: president

LA PAZ (Reuters) - Bolivia will nationalize a local unit of Spanish infrastructure company Abertis <ABE.MC> that manages the Andean country's three biggest airports, President Evo Morales said on Monday. Full story

Andean glaciers melting at "unprecedented" rates: study

LIMA (Reuters) - Climate change has shrunk Andean glaciers between 30 and 50 percent since the 1970s and could melt many of them away altogether in coming years, according to a study published on Tuesday in the journal The Cryosphere. Full story

As Andean condors decline, tradition draws critics

LIMA (Reuters) - Strapping a giant condor to the back of a raging bull is a central part of an Andean festival celebrated in Peru but some people worried about the endangered vulture's future say it is time to ban the tradition. Full story

Rare Bear Has Twins at National Zoo

Two Andean bear cubs were born overnight at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, officials at the institution announced. Full story

Ecuador's Correa to seek re-election, clear favorite

QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador's President Rafael Correa launched his re-election bid on Saturday for a February vote likely to give him a new four-year term to continue boosting state control over the Andean nation's economy. Full story

Sombrero-shaped formation growing in Andes

A giant, sombrero-shaped rock formation is growing in the Andes as magma bobs up like a blob in a lava lamp, new research has found. Full story

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